Population Health Sciences Faculty

Frank William Pierson, MS, DVM, PhD, Diplomate, ACPV

Interim Department Head
Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology
Professor
Biosecurity and Infection Control, Avian Medicine
Department of Population Health Sciences

Education

  • 1993
    PhD, Veterinary Medical Sciences - Avian Medicine / Infectious Diseases
    Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA
  • 1984
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
    Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
    Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA
  • 1980
    MS, Poultry Science
    Purdue University
  • 1978
    BS, Animal Science, Agricultural Education
    University of Delaware

Board Certification

  • 1994
    Diplomate, American College of Poultry Veterinarians

Research Interests

  • Biosecurity / Agroterrorism
  • Hospital Acquired infections
  • Hemorrhagic Enteritis Virus of Turkeys (Siadenovirus)
  • Mutifactorial Production Diseases of Poultry
  • Hepatitis E virus - Avian Models for Human Disease
  • Bioremediation of Foodborne Pathogens
  • Pre-harvest Food Safety

Professional Experience

  • 2016 – Present
    Interim Department Head
    Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology
    Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
    Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA
  • 2011 – Present
    Professor, Biosecurity and Infection Control
    Clinical Specialist: Avian Medicine
    Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
    Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA
  • 2008 – 2014
    Hospital Director
    Veterinary Teaching Hospital
    Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
    Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA
  • 2007 – 2008
    Interim Hospital Director
    Veterinary Teaching Hospital
    Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
    Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA
  • 1999 – 2011
    Associate Professor, Biosecurity and Infection Control
    Clinical Specialist: Avian Medicine
    Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
    Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA
  • 1993 – 1999
    Assistant Professor, Avian Medicine
    Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
    Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA
  • 1990 – 1993
    Research Scientist
    Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA
  • 1989 – 1990
    Research Associate
    Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA
  • 1984 – 1987
    Private Practitioner
    Middletown PA

Professional Memberships

  • Veterinary Infection Control Society
  • American Association of Avian Pathologists
  • Association of Avian Veterinarians
  • Poultry Science Association
  • Northeastern Conference on Avian Diseases
  • Phi Zeta

Professional Offices Held

  • University Liaison - American Association of Avian Pathologists
  • Secretary, Northeastern Conference on Avian Diseases, 2000-present
  • Chair - 71st, 79th Northeastern Conference on Avian Diseases